The Last Bite – The Final Cool Beans Party!

Well folks, the time has come, we’ve partied for over 5 years and now the time has come to party one last time.

When I started up Cool Beans I was a young whipper snapper, keen to drink as many cans of Red Stripe as possible and stay up until at least 2AM. Nowadays my bones ache and I consider an almond croissant/latte combination to be a delightful treat. I’m beginning to drift more towards nights out where seating is almost certainly guaranteed and I find Radio 4’s World Service incredibly informative.

I am incredibly proud of what Cool Beans has become, originally focusing on events and an internet-only radio show it’s now branched out to become a TV programme on 7 different channels, an FM radio show, a bookings agency, a podcast, a host stage at multiple festivals and a column in Now Then Magazine. And even though we’re entering the final chapter with regards to the parties we put on, this doesn’t mark the end of Cool Beans, just an end of a certain era of Cool Beans shall we say.

For the final one, we just want to have a royal knees up, a celebration of all the celebrations we’ve had over the last five years. And what better way to celebrate than getting your favourite DJs and closest pals to perform alongisde you on the night. Thus the line up for the 9th July at Yellow Arch is quite simply as follows…

Andy H
Chris Arnold
Jimmy The Gent
Lonesome Dom
Mickey Michaels
Sidekick Jonny
& a cardboard cutout of Andy Enchilada

Tickets are £3 advance (no booking fee) and will be £5 on the door. Everyone who attends will get a free hug from myself and a free wet willy from Mickey Michaels. You can grab tickets for party at this link HERE.

Huge thanks to all the acts we’ve had on the years, all the venues, all the promotors we collaborated with and everyone who has come to a show and shaken some legs. I’d forgotten just how many acts we’ve had on at Cool Beans events, below I’ve listed them and even then I’m pretty sure I’ve missed some out.

Special thanks to the Unseen Bean for all his artwork. And of course thanks to messers Enchilada, Kidson, Michaels, May & Harrold for getting so heavily involved with it all.

Cheers again Sheffield, it’s been a fun 5 years, onwards to the next chapter!

Chris. xxx

Lonesome Dom, Sidekick Jonny, Bison, Hackney Colliery Band, Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer, Mr Benn, The Mother Folkers, King Porter Stomp, Nice One Greg, The Correspondents, Slamboree, Kid Conventionnal, By The Rivers, The Soul Circle Gang, Mango Rescue Team, K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade, Tix, DJ Derek, Wobbly Bob, Airwolf, Mental Block, The Bone Lab, Bison, Wet Nuns, Renegade Brass Band, Cliff Rescue & The Helicopters, DJ Yoda, Plump DJs, The Balkan Bandits, The Indecision, The Mojo Juju Jamboree, New Town Kings, Ham Pocket, Dregs of Society, Mary Anne Hobbs, J*STAR, ROFLCOPTRZ, Soul Love Inc, DJ Woody, The Legitimate Gentlemen, Dutty Moonshine, DJ Shepdog, MJ Cole, Public Service Broadcasting, Sam Vandal, Steel City Rhythm, Wreck The Place, Rev Austin, The Talks, Mr. Stu, Jimmy the Gent, Happy Slap Boutique Crew, Don Limon, Sound Assembly, Dexter Dextrous and the Fingersmiths, Bongo & The Soul Jar, Friends of Batman, The Welsh Whisperer, Kunt & The Gang, The JB Conspiracy, Mojo and the Beatniks, Sound Assembly, 50 Sniffs, Andrew Duxfield, Ghouls, Johnny Kowalski & The Sexy Weirdos, The Grand Old Ukes Of Yorkshire, The Raphael Attar Variety Hour, Ocelus, Jeramiah Ferrari, Stand Out Riot, Soulfunkful, Copasetics, Popes of Chillitown, K.O.G & The Allstar Revolution, Jake & The Jellyfish, Wideboy Generation, Steve and the Raise, Invasion of the Deadbeats, Forefathers, Johnny & The Prison Didn’t Help Boys, The Tempertons, DJ Format, Tyrannosaurus Alan, Surreal Knowledge, Jenova Collective, A.Skillz, Hekima & The Bongo Flava, The Mega Squad, Sophia Pettit, John Batchelor, Jack Athey, Satsuma, Dexter Dextrous & The Fingersmiths, Counting Coins, Carl Woodford, The Navigantes, The Ruby Kid, Bertie Pollak, Zacc Rogers, Papa Soul, Cliff Rescue & The Helicopters, Cervo, Rogue Fader, LK, Papa Al, Septimus Fog, The Janice Graham Band, Carl ‘On Fire’ Watkins, Mudcat Blues Trio, The Chronicles of Graham, The Root One Band, Smiling Ivy, Banana Flavoured Dubcats, Misty’s Big Adventure, Soul Happening, Good Day & Scruples, Sister Danaë, Andy Enchilada, China Shop Bull, The Sheffield University Afro-Carribean Society, Burleskimo, New York Brass Band, Mudcats Blues Trio, East Park Reggae Collective, T-Funk, Physical Jerks, Spit N Strings, Mark Nicholls, Walker, Deadman, Dubzee, Ben Webster, System:Attic, Freear, Mr. Skiver, Stewdoo Voodoo, Andy H, Mikey J, Clipboard, Smiley Maxx, Squiffy, Mystonic, DJ Moses, Krook Kid, DJ Howdle, Andrew Smith, Mr. Meerkat, DJ Silverback, Matt Von Badd, Ed Injury, DMK, Dan Mager, Soulfull Sally, Stoaty, Fantom48, Danny Beck, DJ Darkus, Fruits, Amy, Moody Jim, Wayne Sealey, Wonky Ninja, For The Record DJs, Universal Minds, Emily May, Jah Reynolds, Powlo, Easty, Babba G, Sousafonix, Donnellanium, General Ron, The Meekatron, Bardsy, Matt Von Bad, Arnivore, Banana Hill DJs, Senor Arnoldo, Frail Ale, Fat Eddie, Dreamy Rob & Mickey Michaels.

Regather Round For A Night Of Ukuleles & Powerpoint

Hello folks,

Hope you’re all well and enjoying the brisk spring showers lathering down on your faces. Summer is imminent and there is plenty to get excited about – Peace in the Park, the Tuesday Club Summer Carnival, plus we’re returning to Y Not Festival & Eden Festival this year. We also have a big show happening on the 9th July, so keep that date free, in the meanwhile though we have a small, intimate affair happened down at new local hotspot Regather.

On the 21st May, The Grand Old Ukes Of Yorkshire and The Chris Arnold Experience are performing their little hearts out…


Duncan & Bassy make up Sheffield’s second best ukulele-based comedy act, and occasionally when the Everly Pregnant Brothers play a gig outside of town, they’re bumped up to first place for a glorious couple of hours. Expect all your favourite 90s and 00s hits delivered with such enchantingly magical whimsy that you’ll begin to wonder why the ukulele isn’t dominating today’s Spotify charts. You may have also caught the duo moonlighting as weatherman on local television across the country (hey, you need to pay the bills somehow).


Cool Beans head honcho Chris Arnold is back with a brand new powerpoint driven show after months estranged from civilisation caught up in a gang of feral wolves (don’t ask, but let’s assume that scamp Mickey Michaels is to blame). Expect a variety of top page wipes, some averagely amusing songs and multiple displays of pure pan pipe talent. You may know Chris from his work on The Cool Beans Television Show or his appearance in Bonnie Tyler’s Top 8 friends on Myspace circa 2004-2005.

We wanted to make it free entry, but there a few costs involved in hiring the venue. We’ve kept it cheap though. Tickets available at £3 (no booking fee) here.

21st May @ Regather

Capacity is small, so we recommend getting an advance ticket, about half left at the time of writing this!

Cool Beans! X

Peace In The Park 2016 – Main Stage Line Up!

After a year off to save up funds, the mighty Peace in the Park Festival is returning to the Ponderosa Park on the 11th June! We’re delighted to have been once more dealt the task of selecting the line up for the main stage and now the time has come to reveal the party starters providing the beats on a (hopefully) sunny summer afternoon!

13:00 – PAPA SOUL
19:00 – BISON

On top of this lovely live music, in between the bands our very own Chris Arnold shall be on tune selection/hosting duties with some special guest DJs including Dubcentral, Simmerdown, Sounds Like This and Vibes & Stuff!

Peace in the Park as you all know by now is a community-driven, charitable festival which relies on donations and fundraisers. If you want to help the cause, feel free to attend an upcoming fundraiser or donate over at the Local Giving page.

Here’s some more information on the acts we’ve got appearing on the main stage…


Headlining the afternoon we have Sheffield legends Bison. The orange army have a history of seriously rocking the main stage at Peace in the Park and we’re sure this year will be no different!


Ska/funk/reggae goodness, always provide the goods. They released their debut album for free last year and recently celebrated 10 years of being a band!


Tropical explosion Mango Rescue Team have gone from strength to strength these past few years, and we hear they are the only band going that provide their own inflatable palm trees.


Nothing quite beats getting your legs up to a cabaret-tinged Balkan Bandits show!


Post rock jazz maestros shall be bringing a touch of class to the afternoon’s proceedings, musical prowess at its finest.


Reggae/dub heads Steel City Rhythm can be found playing festivals up and down the country this summer. Lovely grooves, lovely horns, lovely vibes.


Soul funksters Papa Soul playing the finest selection of tunes from across the musical spectrum.


Relatively new to the scene, Forefathers shall be opening up the day with their blend of afrobeat, funk and and brassy soul!

Peace in the Park itself will have a plethora of other stages and entertainment throughout the day, you can find out more information over at

See you in the fields!